School-based relief centers: A community level assessment and discussion


  • Wiley Thompson, MS



emergency preparedness, disaster preparedness, schools, emergency shelters, relief shelters, GIS


An effective community relief center plan provides emergency managers with the ability to provide shelter and services to a population following the onset of a hazard and is a key component of emergency preparedness and disaster recovery. This paper presents a practical method whereby an assessment of schools as the basis of a community-wide relief center plan is made. The paper suggests desired characteristics of a relief center, details a selection methodology, and provides recommendations for implementation of a community relief center plan. Alternative considerations and the role of GIS are also discussed.

Author Biography

Wiley Thompson, MS

Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.


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How to Cite

Thompson, MS, W. “School-Based Relief Centers: A Community Level Assessment and Discussion”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 6, no. 6, Nov. 2008, pp. 63-72, doi:10.5055/jem.2008.0046.